Baltimore at Record Low For Mid-Year Homicide Count
Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 09:28 AM EDT
For the first time in roughly 30 years, Baltimore has seen a record low mid-year homicide count.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced the drop in violence on Tuesday, crediting it to new police initiatives. Police targeted various neighborhoods plagued by violence and turned them into an enforcement zones.
But despite that, the city's clearance rate remains at 47 percent, well below the national average of 60 percent.
Among those unsolved murders, is that of 17-year-old Michael Mayfield. Mayfield was a senior at Westside High School, a member of the junior ROTC and star baseball player. He was shot and killed along Lyndhurst Avenue in April. On Friday, Mayfield's cousin, Matthew Drake became the city's 100th murder victim. Family members believe the same person is responsible for both murders.
When asked about the clearance rate, Batts says he wants it to be better. "I wish it was sixty percent."
But the mayor is still optimistic about the new initiatives. Her and Batts have been working to increase outreach efforts with the community and underscore crime.